Sunday, November 20, 2005

Dead or Alive?

In other news, Zarqawi may or may not be dead. 8 high ranking Al Qaeda members blew themselves up in Mosul today after a local tip-off enabled US troops to surround them. Zarqawi may or may not be one of the eight.

If it turns out to be the case, it's interesting that it followed so quickly on his family's renunciation. See the story below for details.

UPDATE: Omar at Iraq the Model reports on the reports of Zarqawi's possible deaths as well.
The terrorists blew up the house when an Iraqi assault team tried to break into the house, the blast killed four Iraqi soldiers and wounded ten policemen and also killed all of the hiding terrorists.

Eight charred bodies were found in the scene, one of them belong[ing] to a woman.
UPDATE II: The US already has a sample of his DNA, for matching purposes. Debka is reporting that the 8 bodies are burned black and unrecognizable as is. And that "US and Iraqi forces raided al Qaeda sanctuaries in Baghdad and captured several suspects."

UPDATE III: Pamela at Atlas Shrugs puts up an image that symbolizes all our hopes on this story about Zarqawi.

UPDATE IV: And now the AP is covering the story as well, adding new detail:
On Saturday, police Brig. Gen. Said Ahmed al-Jubouri said the raid was launched after a tip that top al-Qaida operatives, possibly including al-Zarqawi, were in the house in the northeastern part of the city.

During the intense gunbattle that followed, three insurgents detonated explosives and killed themselves to avoid capture, Iraqi officials said. Eleven Americans were wounded, the U.S. military said. Such intense resistance often suggests an attempt to defend a high-value target.

American soldiers controlled the site Sunday, and residents said helicopters flew over the area throughout the day. Some residents said the tight security was reminiscent of the July 2003 operation in which Saddam Hussein's sons, Odai and Qusai, were killed in Mosul.

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